In late June of 2016, rumors began circulating that Iceland would pay immigrants $5,000 a month if they married Icelandic women. But why would the Icelandic government do that? Was it because there’s some sort of shortage of men in this region?
According to the story going around, that’s exactly why Iceland was offering this monthly salary that most of us low to middle income earner citizens would love to earn. But while the article on social media caused a great deal of bewilderment, it left many wondering, was this for real or was it all just a bad joke?
Would Iceland pay $5,000 per month to immigrants who marry Icelandic women?
The first thing you have to ask yourself is whether this makes any sense at all. But for most people who are desperately trying to make ends meet, it didn’t matter.
Soon after the claim went viral on social networks, men around the world went crazy.
The Danish embassy started getting a number of applications in Egypt from potential suitors, eager to marry these Icelandic women in exchange for some cold hard cash.
The Icelandic Ministry of Foreign Affairs was also inundated with a bunch of requests as well.
Men from all over seemed pretty anxious to take up this seemingly generous offer from the Icelandic authorities, leaving the ministry in shock.
After the rumors went viral online, Icelandic women everywhere started being pestered.
Guys who were total strangers began to proposition them romantically, almost to the point of stalking through social media, and at first, they didn’t understand why.
It turns out that the entire thing was a hoax, according to Snopes.
The online hoax appears to have started on June 2016 because of an entry in a North African blog called “The Spirit Whispers”, which made those bogus claims.